‘Earth’ Friends: a slow collaboration

Chloe Pringle, Powerful Owl, Pencil on paper, 2013

‘Earth’ Friends: a slow collaboration

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1 October 2013

Ilka Blue and Chloe Pringle have been ‘earth’ friends for a long time. Their creative collaborations have taken many forms over the years, with recent work circling issues of species extinction and how this impacts Culture. As Chloe points out “less is said of the grief and loss that extinctions create. Unacknowledged death of this scale, ripples out into the collective unconsciousness and creates an impoverishment of soul”.

Ilka runs Latorica, a transdisciplinary studio working at the intersection of cultural and biological diversity. Chloe is the creative talent behind ‘Imaginotions’, a gathering place to share earthy realms that are touched by other worlds and realities. Both Artists are highly alert to the sacred connections between humans and the more-than-human world, and they work to strengthen these connections for the health of the greater community.

Their first significant collaboration on extinction was a requiem created to honour the 44 species that became extinct during Ilka’s 18 month research period for her Masters. Chloe produced a suite of illustrations and Ilka threaded them into her thesis like a hymn.

The striking owl image pictured here is the result of their latest collaboration. Ilka was planning the “Slow Wing” workshop (an intense exploration of cultural-biological extinction) and asked Chloe to create a representative image for the poster. Chloe says, “I wanted to illustrate graphically the time when a being is still with us, yet vulnerable. A liminal between time. Owls have symbolised such times far back into story, so I chose to draw the Powerful owl (Ninox strenua) as an echo of both her own place, and ours.”

Visit www.latorica.net and www.imaginotions.net to contact the Artists or subscribe for updates on future projects.

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